WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions
WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions
WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions
Disparity across D.C. region’s commute times a “serious equity problem” Disparity across D.C. region’s commute times a “serious equity problem”
Disparity across D.C. region's commute times a "serious equity problem"
Disparity across D.C. region’s commute times a “serious equity problem”
A visualized day of New York’s transit options, working together A visualized day of New York’s transit options, working together
A visualized day of New York's transit options, working together
A visualized day of New York’s transit options, working together
Atlanta’s I-85 disruption shows importance of transit, flexibility of demand Atlanta’s I-85 disruption shows importance of transit, flexibility of demand
Atlanta's I-85 disruption shows importance of transit, flexibility of demand
Atlanta’s I-85 disruption shows importance of transit, flexibility of demand
How do we encourage more transit-accessible sports stadiums? How do we encourage more transit-accessible sports stadiums?
How do we encourage more transit-accessible sports stadiums?
How do we encourage more transit-accessible sports stadiums?

How can transportation demand management make public transit a better experience for riders?

In urban areas, public transit is the backbone of the region’s transportation network, as residences, job centers, and other transportation connections all locate around its major nodes. Public transit also provides the essential public good of mobility to people who could otherwise not afford a car or other expensive options.

In many major cities, however, transit systems are aging: vulnerable to breakdowns, lackluster service, and routes that don’t effectively serve residents’ needs. Getting buses, subways and trains to continue to compete with the personal car means improving the overall experience, making commuting easier, and fostering connections to other last-mile options.

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WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions

WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions


April 18, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

Other presenters at Transportation Techies’ Bus Hack Night shared projects to help riders better understand their local bus routes Though the D.C. region has one of the busiest bus systems in the country, with more than 120 million trips in 2016, it’s still part of the nationwide movement to stem recent bus ridership declines. As such, WMATA is… Read more »

Disparity across D.C. region’s commute times a “serious equity problem”

Disparity across D.C. region’s commute times a “serious equity problem”


April 17, 2017    Adam Russell

An analysis from the Washington Post, with transit-mapping software provider Mapzen, highlights several severe disparities in the availability of reliable, frequent transit options for parts of the D.C. region. The animated map lays out shifting isochrones, or areas reachable within similar time frames, that reflect projected transit travel times during a given period of the day…. Read more »

A visualized day of New York’s transit options, working together

A visualized day of New York’s transit options, working together


April 11, 2017    Adam Russell

New York City is blessed with a lot of ways to get around town. From MTA buses to regional Metro-North rail lines to the omnipresent subway, the overall transportation system moves millions of people every day. A new visualization puts 24 hours of them together, showing how each works together in the broader context over… Read more »

Atlanta’s I-85 disruption shows importance of transit, flexibility of demand

Atlanta’s I-85 disruption shows importance of transit, flexibility of demand


April 5, 2017    Adam Russell

Current estimates of Atlanta’s I-85 collapse give the freeway at least several months before it is repaired and re-opens. When the fire collapsed a section of the highway last Friday, a major route became closed for commuters. Like similar emergency disruptions in other major metropolitan areas, the situation is a clear glimpse into how people… Read more »

How do we encourage more transit-accessible sports stadiums?

How do we encourage more transit-accessible sports stadiums?


April 4, 2017    Angela Urban

As baseball season begins this week, the Atlanta Braves officially relocate from Turner Field – much closer to Atlanta’s downtown – to SunTrust Park in suburban Cobb County. The move raises interesting questions about the transit accessibility of new stadiums. Part of the Braves’ stated reason for their relocation was that Turner Field was not easily… Read more »

Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city

Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city


March 9, 2017    Paul Mackie

This is part 2 of a two-part series on how advocates can create connected cities. Part 1 examined public agencies reshaping their transportation priorities. Pinellas County, Fla., just west of Tampa Bay, is one of several local governments in the nation to essentially embed Uber and Lyft into the local transit system. Transit riders can… Read more »

Transit as a lifelong habit: Early transit use informs choices later on in life

Transit as a lifelong habit: Early transit use informs choices later on in life


March 9, 2017    Adam Russell

Travel choices are a habit, and not just one for a day-to-day consideration. A new study by Michael Smart and Nicholas Klein found that people who lived near reliable transit options early in their lives, such as in their 20s and 30s, were more likely to choose transit later on. Writing on Planetizen, the authors… Read more »

Untangling the jumbled path towards the ultimate connected city

Untangling the jumbled path towards the ultimate connected city


February 28, 2017    Paul Mackie

This is part 1 of a two-part series on how advocates can create connected cities, examining how public agencies can reshape their priorities. Part 2 will detail how they can then move beyond conventional projects. Smartphone owners feel connected much of the time, for better or worse. But shouldn’t that be the goal for physical… Read more »

Would minor map changes encourage Metro riders to shift their commutes?

Would minor map changes encourage Metro riders to shift their commutes?


February 23, 2017    Adam Russell

SafeTrack surges in the past months have highlighted one of of the D.C. Metrorail system’s largest demand crunches: the Rosslyn tunnel bottleneck, where the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines converge to head east into downtown. This capacity issue has been exacerbated by the 2014 Silver line opening, and more recently by the current Blue line shutdown… Read more »

Five ways employers are thinking big on commuter benefits

Five ways employers are thinking big on commuter benefits


February 21, 2017    Adam Russell

A new publication from the Association for Commuter Transportation, entitled “Getting to Work,” highlights the ways several forward-thinking employers are offering better commuting options to their employees. Each story offers a look at the unique transportation challenges major employers face – from parking crunches to time-consuming commutes – and which solutions have proven effective in addressing… Read more »

Building a transit army: How MARTA Army is working to improve Atlanta’s bus stops

Building a transit army: How MARTA Army is working to improve Atlanta’s bus stops


February 8, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

Transit advocacy doesn’t have to move slowly through layers of bureaucracy: in Atlanta, advocates have been mobilizing to improve bus stops in their own neighborhoods. At TransportationCamp DC last month, representatives from the grassroots advocacy group MARTA Army shared their organizing model, which has been successful in creating tangible improvements for riders in the Atlanta… Read more »

To the Rockies and back without a car

To the Rockies and back without a car


February 6, 2017    Jana Lynott

A mother-and-son adventure in pursuit of a low-cost skiing vacation It started innocently enough: my teenage son begged for a ski trip to the Colorado mountains. His frugal mom decided to teach him how to save a few hundred bucks so he might be able to indulge his passion when on a college student’s budget…. Read more »